Steel Buoy Work Table

A salvaged marine steel buoy ball is repurposed into a functional kitchen work table - Benjamin Benschneider photo for The Seattle Times via AtticmagA salvaged marine steel ball is repurposed into functional and artistic kitchen work table.

When sculptural artist Peter Reiquam and his wife became empty nesters, he designed a modern house with industrial aesthetic. But Reiquam didn’t stop at the front door.  For the kitchen, he cleverly readapted a steel buoy as the base of a stunning kitchen work table that actually moves like a wheelbarrow on an oversized wheel. The kitchen work table frame has handles and leg as well as the surface area and weight of the buoy. A piece of butcher block was made to fit on the top, creating a functional work space that blends with the mid-20th century modern tone of the kitchen. With a polished concrete kitchen floor, the piece is easily rolled without worry. Why? Why not?!  It’s fun, it’s unique, function and it’s a kitchen island that’s certainly not something you’ll have to worry about the neighbors having or copying.

(Source: Benjamin Benschneider photo for The Seattle Times)

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5 Responses to Steel Buoy Work Table

  1. Jane F @ Atticmag November 7, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    Love the originality of that table. “Functional art” is a funny term but so true in this case. Brilliant!

  2. Tricia Rose November 7, 2012 at 11:57 am #

    A bit OTT, but if I had an old buoy hanging around I’d probably want to give it a function too!

  3. RHome410 November 8, 2012 at 11:45 am #

    I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I already love industrial styling, and Hubby’s dad and brothers have all had long careers in the maritime industry (Hubby worked in it, also, growing up, and now builds wooden boats), so I think this is super cool.


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